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India and South Africa will play the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Tuesday, in what will be an opportunity for their players to perform freely on the big stage.

These two teams were assured of places in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 with a round to go in the Super Six stage of the tournament. They were a few notches above other teams in the 10-team tournament that not only took the top four teams to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 but also got them places in the ICC Women’s Championship.

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In a riposte to Australia captain Steve Smith's jibe that the visitors won't shy away from sledging, India batsman Ajinkya Rahane revealed that the hosts have designed plans for every single player.

"We don't know if they will sledge or not. We have some plans against each of them, I can't discuss that here. Skill wise or sledging wise, there is definitely a plan. We know that Australian players play mind games. Our aim would be to dominate them in every aspect," Rahane told reporters in Pune.

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A stellar bowling performance by the Momentum Proteas laid the foundation for a comfortable, 36-run Duckworth-Lewis win over Ireland in their final match of the Super Six stage at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Colombo on Sunday. South Africa will face India in the tournament final on 21 February.

Lizelle Lee (2/12), Sune Luus (2/34) and Dane van Niekerk (2/45) all took two wickets apiece as the Irish were bowled out for 166 in 49.5 overs after winning the toss and batting.

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India thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets in their ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2017 Super Six game to enter the final at the P Sara Oval on Sunday.

Pakistan were dismissed for 67 in 43.4 overs after being asked to bat by India in overcast conditions. India then reached 70/3 in 22.3 overs to win by seven wickets and enter the final. India will take on South Africa in the title clash on February 21.

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A total of 357 cricketers, including 130 from abroad, will go under the hammer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) players' auction to be held here on Monday. The pool comprises 62 batsmen, 117 bowlers, 148 all-rounders and 30 wicket-keepers.

As many as 227 uncapped players are waiting to make their debut this edition inclusive of five players from Afghanistan -- Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan.

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Shreyas Iyer slammed an unbeaten double century for India A while Australia spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe performed well with the ball as their three-day practice match ended in a draw at the Brabourne Stadium here on Sunday.

Resuming from where he left off on Saturday, Iyer continued to take on the Australian bowling and remained unbeaten on 202 even as India A were dismissed for 403 in their first innings. Iyer scored at a rapid rate, studding his 210-ball stint with 27 boundaries and seven well-struck sixes.

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Cricket Australia has today advised that Mitchell Starc will not play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and will instead undertake a period of rehabilitation and strength leading into the ICC Champions Trophy in June.

Subsequently, Starc and the Royal Challengers Bangalore have come to a mutual decision to discontinue their association this season.

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